When was the last time you called your Mom? Oh, you haven’t called her this week? Go on, call her now, this blog post can wait. And when I mean Mom, I mean any special female role model in your life: an aunt, a grandmother, a sister. With Mother’s Day this week (May 12th) and World Fair Trade Day today (May 11th), I wanted to showcase an organization I’m loving lately: Fair Trade Certified and “Moms Make A World Of Difference”, their program showcasing mothers from around the world in cacao farms, coffee and sugar plantations, and other sites where these hardworking women are making their jobs their life, not for them, but for their children’s future.
Mothers in Latin America, the Philippines, and other countries are harvesting fair trade coffee, cacao, sugar, flowers, and tea. They’re working hard and getting paid fair prices for their work. Because that’s what fair trade narrows down to. Simply put, fair trade products are products in which the farmers/producers of the raw product have been paid fair market prices for it. When buying fair trade certified products, you’re buying products that improve lives, are of great quality, and protect the environment. Here are 6 Easy Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day The Fair Trade Way.
The quickest and easiest way to start supporting the fair trade movement? Switch your coffee to a brand that sells fair trade coffee like Allegro Coffee, Chilmark Coffee, Alter Eco, Green Mountain Coffee, Kopali Organics, and more. Coffee is such a daily consumed product in most of our lives and this quick and easy change of which coffee you’re drinking can change lives. Not a coffee drinker? Check out which tea companies are fair trade.
Thanks to the folks over at Fair Trade USA for sending these fair trade goodies in the mail, and thanks to them, I’ve discovered my current obsession: Dark Coconut Toffee Organic Chocolate by Alter Eco. It’s luscious, not too biter and a great crunch from the coconut and toffee! Oh and Allegro Coffee? My new morning ritual. I grind the beans and make fresh espresso, a great way to start every morning.
So, you haven’t bought a Mother’ Day gift? Why not make it fair trade and support mothers around the world!? Here are some ideas that would make ANY mom happy:
- Order fair trade flowers for Mom
- Grab a few bags of Allegro Coffee and make a coffee gift basket
- Put together a beauty kit and include Badger Balm Cocoa Butter Lip Balms
- Get her a gorgeous “Vanessa Scarf” by prAna
Enter the Fair Trade Certified Giveaway!
Disclosure: Fair Trade Certified sent me a box of goodies to try but I was under no obligation to write this post. I’m sharing this because I believe people should be paid fairly and justly for their work and Fair Trade Certified makes sure that happens.